Archive for February, 2014

2014 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4dr GLS

Friday, February 28th, 2014

21/28 mpg   Base Price: $22,325 – $28,575

 

Hyundai of Corona
2525 Wardlow Rd.
Corona, California 92882
Phone: 877-690-0987
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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Hyundai’s midsize Santa Fe crossover is offered in two configurations: the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, and the seven-passenger Santa Fe discussed herein. Both offer handsome styling and excellent fuel economy, while the larger Santa Fe distinguishes itself with extra space for people and cargo in addition to a standard V6.

Recent Changes
After debuting for the previous model year, the latest Santa Fe gains a number of new options this year, including a blind spot detection system, a rear parking assistance system, HID headlights and LED taillights, ventilated front seats and memory front seats.

 

Hyundai of Corona
2525 Wardlow Rd.
Corona, California 92882
Phone: 877-690-0987
Website: www. cardinalewayhyundai.com

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2014 Azera

Monday, February 24th, 2014

New for 2014, all Azera models will come standard with a 6-inch color LCD audio display, rearview backup camera, driver blind-spot mirror, and three years of Hyundai’s Assurance Connected Care services. Like last year’s model, leather, heated front seats and dual automatic temperature control are standard.

In addition to the higher-content base model, Hyundai is adding a new Azera Limited model for 2014. Set to carry an MSRP of $34,750, the Limited model includes upgraded amenities like a new 8-inch navigation system, updated gauge cluster with color LCD screen and power-folding side mirrors.

Azera’s 293 horsepower 3.3L V6 carries over unchanged, but Hyundai has tweaked the sedan’s steering and suspension systems to deliver a more dynamic feel without degrading ride comfort.

Look for Hyundai’s revised 2014 Azera sedan to go on sale within the next few weeks.

 Hyundai of Corona

2525 Wardlow Rd.

Corona, California 92882

Phone: 877-690-0987

Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell: Hydrogen-Powered Motoring

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik is a pretty complimentary guy. He says Subaru has an unquestionably strong lineup, he thinks the Ford Fusion is an unqualified success, and he even gave props to your author’s tie during a recent conversation. But Krafcik doesn’t have much positive to say about battery-electric vehicles. He doesn’t like the excess weight that comes with batteries, he doesn’t like their limited range and long recharge times, and he thinks that the cost of recharging them at home is only going to go up as more households adopt the technology. He is, however, smitten with hydrogen, and the prospect of selling Americans—or more specifically, Californians—on the technology. Enter the hydrogen-powered 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.

The Tucson Fuel Cell isn’t anything earth-shatteringly new, though. Hyundai sells the ix35 Fuel Cell—which is identical to the U.S.-spec model debuting at the Los Angeles auto show in every way save for its name—in Europe. The Tucson-badged model uses the same in-house-developed fuel-cell stack, lithium-polymer battery, and hydrogen tank capable of carrying 12.3 pounds of the gas as does its Euro-market counterpart. It also delivers the same 134 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque by means of the same electric motor.

The Tucson Fuel Cell’s hydrogen tank and lithium-polymer battery gobble underbody space, so there is less room for passengers and cargo when compared to standard U.S.-spec Tucsons. So while overall length actually increases by 0.4 inch, second-row legroom diminishes by 0.6 inch, and cargo capacity drops by 1.9 cubic feet.

Hyundai says that its hydrogen-powered Tucson will be capable of traveling up to 300 miles between fills, a process that the brand assures us will take less than 10 minutes—once you’ve found a hydrogen filling station, that is. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership, there are currently just eight filling stations in metro Los Angeles and one in the Bay Area that can serve the public, but the California legislature will provide $20 million annually over the next “several years” for the construction of additional locations, the first 19 of which will be located largely in San Francisco and L.A. The current lack of infrastructure should keep Hyundai’s fuel expenditures within reason, as the near 400-mile distance between San Francisco and L.A. means that operators of the Tucson Fuel Cell CUVs will be confined to their respective metro areas. Krafcik says that a home-fueling system is not something that’s being considered at the moment.

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will be leased from four select California dealerships starting as early as April. Leases will cost owners $499 a month for 36 months, but that includes all maintenance and (unlimited) fuel costs.

 

Through 2016, Hyundai plans to build at least 1000 hydrogen Tucsons annually alongside the standard crossovers at the automaker’s primary production facility in Ulsan, South Korea. If Krafcik’s company can move all those hydrogen crossovers in the next few years despite the distinct lack of hydrogen pumps at most of today’s corner gas stations, he and Hyundai both will deserve a few plaudits of their own.

 Hyundai of Corona

2525 Wardlow Rd.

Corona, California 92882

Phone: 877-690-0987

Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com

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2014 Hyundai Genesis

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We’ve received a fresh batch of spy photos, which we’ve included in the photo gallery, of the 2014 Genesis testing on Germany’s Nürburgring circuit. The model is prancing about wearing less camouflage than ever, giving us a better look at the car’s front and rear styling. Both ends of the new Genesis appear to be directly inspired by the HCD-14 Genesis concept shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

What It Is: The next generation of Hyundai’s luxury sedan, which is being designed to take on the competition not just in the U.S. and Asia, but in Europe, too. The new Genesis sedan will sport Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture styling language: Even though the example caught by our spy photographers at Hyundai’s Rüsselsheim, Germany, R&D center is heavily camouflaged, the sculpted flanks and coupe-like roofline are clearly visible. The second-generation Genesis sedan will brim with new tech features, such as full LED headlights and a number of assistance systems. The Genesis coupe, by the way, will carry on in its current form for at least another two years.

Why It Matters: The outgoing Genesis sedan is a car that was designed with Asia and North America in mind. Its conservative design failed to excite, and the handling was merely adequate. (A last-minute increase in price ahead of its 2008 introduction didn’t do the car’s launch momentum any favors, either.) Hyundai intends the next Genesis to be globally competitive, which means the car will be sportier and far more performance-oriented. Even though the U.S. will prove to be the luxury mid-sizer’s most important market, the brand’s European R&D operations played a strong role in the development process—witness the Nürburgring testing that’s practically expected of any new luxury sedan.

The next Genesis also is significant from a styling point of view. With its sleek lines that evoke the more compact European-market Hyundai i40, this could be first Hyundai in years that looks better than its Kia sibling, the derivative-looking K9/Quoris. The updated sheetmetal was previewed by Hyundai’s HCD-14 Genesis concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show. That show car’s complex head- and taillight design and tall trapezoidal grille are making the jump to production, and should further help set the new Genesis apart in the luxury-sedan scene.

Platform: The next-generation Genesis sedan will use an evolution of its current platform, a rear-wheel-drive architecture that can be modified to accommodate all-wheel drive. This platform is shared with the slow-selling Equus, as well as the Kia K9/Quoris. We expect the Genesis to receive far sportier tuning than in past models—Hyundai is serious about targeting Audi and BMW.

Powertrains: The Genesis will continue to offer the 3.8-liter V-6 Lambda and 5.0-liter V-8 Tau engines. Output likely will remain close to what’s produced by today’s Genesis—333 horsepower from the V-6 and 429 from the V-8. The European market will be offered a four-cylinder diesel that produces 220 horsepower, and a diesel hybrid using the same mill is a possibility.

 Hyundai of Corona

2525 Wardlow Rd.

Corona, California 92882

Phone: 877-690-0987

Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com

2014 Hyundai Elantra

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

2014 Hyundai Elantra SportMost of the attention at Hyundai has recently been focused on the next-gen Sonata and Genesis, but before we see either of those sedans, the automaker is giving its small car lineup a significant overhaul.



Just last week, Hyundai unveiled the refreshed 2014 Accent, and today at the LA Auto Show it’s take the covers off of its updated 2014 Elantra. All three Elantra models – sedan, coupe and GT – will receive the same changes, but Hyundai has only released pictures for two of the sedan models: Limited (above) and Sport (inset).



The biggest news is that a new, more powerful 2.0-liter, direct-injected inline four-cylinder is now the standard engine in the GT and Coupe, as well as the Elantra sedan’s all-new Sport trim level. This engine produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, and while the 2014 Elantra GT can still be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2014 Elantra Coupe drops the option for a manual transmission; it also appears that the Elantra Sport sedan will come solely with the automatic. With the larger engine, fuel economy numbers do drop a little: all models powered by this engine receive EPA estimated ratings of 24 miles per gallon in the city. Highway estimates for this engine include 33 mpg for the GT with automatic, 34 mpg for the GT with manual and Coupe, and 35 for the Sport sedan. Sedan buyers looking for better fuel economy still have the carry over 1.8-liter engine with 145 hp, 130 lb-ft and EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.



All three variants of the 2014 Elantra get some styling changes, but the visual updates made to the GT and Coupe are minimal since these models have only been on the market for one year. The sedan gets your standard midcycle refresh that includes new wheel designs and tweaked front and rear fascias, while the Sport and Limited trim levels add stylish LED-trimmed headlights and LED taillights – these lights are standard on the GT and optional on the Coupe. The Elantra Sport sedan is easily distinguishable thanks to its two-tone 17-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tip and rear decklid spoiler. The new base model, formerly known as GLS, has been renamed the SE, and the top-trim Limited still offers a fully loaded experience.



Inside, the 2014 Elantra has received attention to improve the styling and comfort, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels. All models get a slightly revised instrument panel, while the GT and Coupe models now have standard heated front seats. Even the technology has been upgraded to include a new touchscreen display, a “next-generation navigation” system and the availability of Pandora Internet radio.

Hyundai of Corona

2525 Wardlow Rd.

Corona, California 92882

Phone: 877-690-0987

Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Friday, February 14th, 2014

MORE ELECTRIC, LESS FUEL

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Those comparing numbers from 2012 to 2013 will see an interesting difference. Power is down seven hp, yet torque is up 40 lb-ft. That’s not a typo: the Sonata Hybrid has beefier electric components with its electric motor now putting out 35 kW (from 30 kW in 2012) and the hybrid battery is also upgraded to a maximum output of 47kWs (from 34 kW.) From there, Hyundai tuned the whole powertrain to rely less on its gas motor, and provide more mid-range torque.

It’s no marketing gobbledy-gook, as the Sonata is now rated at a combined 38 mpg. While up just one mile per gallon over last year’s car, our testing proved this updated powertrain is even more efficient than that, getting about 42 mpg during a week of driving. By comparison, last year’s car failed to achieve its rating with an as-tested 34 mpg.

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That 42 does, however, come with a catch; it was achieved with Hyundai’s efficient driving mode, called Blue drive. As the default driving mode, the car is vehemently against motoring in any manner other than slowly. Throttle response is dull, meaning from a stop the electric motor stays on longer, and saves you more gas. The transmission is eager to upshift and reluctant to release the higher gear in order to keep the drive serene and thrifty. It all works very well and managed to keep fuel economy around and above the coveted 40 mpg mark.

Fortunately, slow and calculated is not the only method of driving the Sonata Hybrid. Turn off Blue mode, and suddenly the car feels like a standard, yet torquier Sonata. It will still turn off the gas motor at a stop and while coasting, and can still manage solid fuel efficiency at 36 mpg, all while providing a more engaging driving feel.

NO CVT, NO PROBLEM

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Where other hybrids use a quirky CVT to meld the electric and gas motors together, Hyundai insists on using a more traditional six-speed automatic. In the past, the transmission seemed easily confused, resulting in harsh shifts at inopportune times. For 2013, Hyundai looked over its transmission, and did everything it could to provide a smoother, less experimental feeling product.

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Again, Hyundai’s effort here is evident, as the new Sonata Hybrid has a sense of refinement which is on par with Toyota’s Camry Hybrid. The transition from electric-to-gas, then back to electric is smooth, and hardly noticeable on the road. There’s very little shift-shock as the clutch engages the gas motor while the car is moving, and there’s better logic in how the hybrid system operates, with the car disengaging the gas motor often while coasting and braking.

One complaint is that while stopped, a shuddering sensation is still felt when the gas motor shuts off.

HANDLING ALL THERE

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One key feature that the Sonata has over its Japanese rival comes with how it drives. The ride is communicative without being too stiff and uncomfortable. Additionally, there is far more steering feel here than what’s offered on the Camry, which is floaty and vague.

Braking on the Sonata Hybrid could use another look from Hyundai’s engineers. Like many other regenerative braking systems, they provide excellent initial bite that tapers off after prolonged or additional pedal pressure. It causes a bit of an inconsistent feel. Improvement in this area could really propel Hyundai above other hybrids on the market, and help to blur the lines between how hybrids and non-hybrids drive.

THE SUPERFICIAL STUFF

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Again, this year’s Sonata Hybrid proves itself to be wonderful beyond its gritty technical bits. A unique, modern design distinguishes the Hybrid from its non-hybrid siblings. The features are there too. Costing $25,650, the Hybrid holds a $4,500 premium over non-hybrid Sonatas. That extra price gets you more than just the hybrid system, with more standard items like dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, fog-lights, heated seats and some exclusive bling such as LED accents on the headlights.

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Those looking for a fully loaded Sonata Hybrid will have to spring $30,550 which includes 17-inch alloys, a leather-rich interior, heated rear seats, navigation, backup camera and a premium audio system. Buyers can also buy a sunroof package which costs an extra $1,000.

In comparison, the Sonata Hybrid is $490 cheaper than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, and features more head and legroom for folks in up front. If you’d like more space, Toyota’s option is more appealing with a substantial 4.3-inches of additional legroom for back-seat passengers and an additional cubic foot of cargo space.

THE VERDICT

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By improving its powertrain, the Sonata Hybrid hits all its marks when it comes to a mid-sized, hybrid family sedan. It’s fuel friendly and affordable, while maintaining the standard Sonata’s solid driving dynamics and unique style.

Picking the best mid-sized hybrid sedan is no longer a choice between the best fuel economy (Camry Hybrid) and good looks (Fusion Hybrid). Hyundai’s updated Sonata Hybrid blends it all together for a photo-finish. 

Hyundai of Corona

2525 Wardlow Rd.

Corona, California 92882

Phone: 877-690-0987

Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com


2013 HYUNDAI ACCENT

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

2013 Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent sedan and hatchback are exceptional economy cars that offer attractive looks and outstanding value in a price-sensitive market segment.

The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine that produces 138 horsepower and features variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The environmentally friendly Accent has an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle rating. Standard safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and six airbags (front, seat-mounted side-impact, and side-curtain) on all models. The Accent is available in several trims: GS or SE on the hatchback and GLS on the four-door sedan.

The Accent receives several notable changes for 2013. GS and GLS trims are now equipped with rear drum brakes as standard equipment. All trims gain standard power heated exterior mirrors. The GLS sedan now features standard air conditioning, remote keyless entry with panic, cloth door trim, body-color mirrors, sunglasses storage and a six speaker audio system.

 Hyundai of Corona

2525 Wardlow Rd.

Corona, California 92882

Phone: 877-690-0987

Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com

America’s Best Warranty

Monday, February 10th, 2014

10 Year/ 100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty 

Covers repair or replacement of powertrain components (i.e., selected engine and transmission/transaxle components), originally manufactured or installed by Hyundai that are defective in material or factory workmanship, under normal use and maintenance. Coverage applies to original owner only, effective with 2004 model year and newer model-year vehicles. On 1999-2003 model years, coverage applies to original owner and immediate family members (i.e., wife, husband, daughter, son, stepdaughter, stepson).



Second and/or subsequent owners have powertrain components coverage under the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Excludes coverage for vehicles in commercial use (i.e., taxi, route delivery, delivery service, rental, etc.).

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Restraint is a noble thing, and Hyundai sets an excellent example with the 2013 Veloster Turbo. The 201-hp version of this half-coupe/half-sedan/half-hatchback is everything it could be without becoming things it shouldn’t be, including expensive.

As we’ve previously reported, the Veloster is an odd little bulldog cadged together from platform pieces of the Accent and Elantra. The two-plus-one asymmetrical side doors are as novel as they are practical, but much about the Veloster’s blueprint is engineering code for “economy car.” There are struts in front and a twist-beam axle in back. The Veloster is also no stiffy. At 2800 or so pounds, the car has large holes cut into its body for three doors, a hatch, and the giant optional sunroof, which adds weight and does nothing for structural integrity. Thus, the steering column and the floor often echo with road vibrations, as they might do in a convertible.

The electric power steering is adequate if generally lifeless, and the base car’s 138-hp, 1.6-liter four with a six-speed manual delivers 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. That’s thrilling only if your other car is a UPS truck.

So here comes the Turbo, which, at $22,725 to start, makes for a relatively cheap date to the 200-horse ball. Hyundai figures that with all the Turbo’s standard content you’re paying just a $1600 premium for the turbo engine. It’s essentially the same direct-injection, cast-aluminum 1.6-liter but with an intercooled twin-scroll turbo and a 9.5:1 compression ratio. Hyundai claims 201 hp on the roof (6000 rpm) and 195 lb-ft of torque in the basement (1750 rpm), all on regular fuel. The EPA numbers with the manual will be 26 mpg city and 38 highway.

With another 63 horses and 72 lb-ft churning the butter, the Veloster Turbo feels like its load has been lifted. The torque band opens up, and the acceleration is stronger and more accessible across a wider range, but unlike the gloriously blatty Fiat Abarth 500, it continues to sound worker-bee dull. Incidentally, Hyundai says the Turbo makes too much twist for the base Veloster’s dual-clutch automatic, so the Accent’s conventional six-speed auto with steering-wheel paddles sits next to the six-speed manual on the Turbo’s order sheet.

What the folks at Hyundai did not do—and we applaud them for it—is crank down the suspension. Little about the base Veloster’s chassis changes beyond larger front-brake discs (11.8 inches instead of 11.0) and bigger, 18-inch wheels with 215/40 Kumho Solus tires. They’re not even summer tires, just all-seasons, and no factory upgrade is offered.

 

What about this is laudable? Well, car companies typically tamper with the suspensions of their turbo über-sports versions to make them sway less and thereby impress car magazines on luxury junkets to the Alps. But back home on America’s mean streets, this often makes the axles feel welded to the body and the ride unbearable. In the Veloster, it would have only accentuated the structure’s weaknesses.

Instead, Hyundai wisely leaves the suspension starching to the aftermarket. So, for once, you can opt for the high-horsepower model without being forced onto the bone-crusher suspension. Hyundai did speed up the Turbo’s steering ratio, from 14.2:1 to 13.9, which sends the Turbo veering into corners with more vehemence. We are informed that Hyundai is launching a major campaign to improve the generally mediocre dynamics of its vehicles, up to and possibly including building a new test track. Until then, the Veloster Turbo makes the best of the current situation.

It has plenty of grip for semi-enthusiastic corner chasing, and the wide stance and the relatively modest curb weight mean the roll isn’t excessive anyway. Hyundai’s automatic isn’t crafty about rev matching like some other autoboxes, and if the Turbo’s steering is more kinetic, it is no more communicative. Step up a few grand into the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZor even a Honda Civic Si or VW Golf GTI if you demand better controls.

Hyundai dresses the Turbo in street-punk clothes. The grille loses the base Veloster’s color band to become one big King Kong scream. Projector headlamps with LED eyeliner sit above pinpoint fog lamps. Rocker extensions and 18-inch razor-blade wheels flash the “Turbo” motif from the sides.

Things look best from the back, where two large, flush-fit exhaust chutes poke from the center of a faux undertray and below a body-color spoiler. However, the full reprobate look isn’t realized until you opt for the $1000 matte-gray finish, the company’s first ever glossless-paint option.

It’s expensive because the matte-finish cars must take an extra trip through the paint booth at Hyundai’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea, thus displacing another car on an assembly line that is already running flat-out, says Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik. In effect, you are paying to paint two cars, and availability will be tight, Krafcik warns.

Inside, heated leather seats with gray or blue accents and an embroidered “Turbo” logo join pushbutton start and a 450-watt stereo as standard. So are other items off the base Veloster’s options sheet, making the Turbo decently equipped at its $22,725 starting price. The fully frosted Turbo Ultimate with navigation—you can’t get nav without the $2500 sunroof, for some reason—will be $25,225. The automatic transmission adds $1000.

With the Turbo, Hyundai recognizes and celebrates the Veloster as a sporty car, not a sports car. If that sounds like damnation with faint praise, it’s not. 

 Hyundai of Corona
2525 Wardlow Rd.
Corona, California 92882
Phone: 877-690-0987
Website: www.cardinalewayhyundai.com